Cosby Lawyers Don't Want This Word Spoken at Trial

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 29, 2017 7:30 AM CDT
Cosby Lawyers Don't Want This Word Spoken at Trial
In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, Bill Cosby departs after a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Bill Cosby's lawyers filed a motion Tuesday to prevent jurors at his upcoming sex-assault trial from hearing the word quaaludes, among other things. "The testimony about quaaludes and the alleged provision of money or educational funds is quintessentially the kind of evidence that causes 'unfair prejudice,'" Cosby's lawyers wrote in advance of a hearing on the issue Monday. Cosby acknowledged in a decade-old deposition that he gave one woman quaaludes and a string of women alcohol or pills before sex. He also said that he offered some women money or an education fund. However, Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill has ruled only one of them can testify, so the defense wants his deposition testimony about them excluded as well, reports the AP. (The woman who can testify is not part of the deposition because she had not yet come forward.)

Cosby, 79, is charged with drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, a then-Temple University basketball team manager, in 2004. Cosby, in the deposition, said he had gotten seven prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s to give women before sex. He said he did not use quaaludes or other drugs himself. The powerful sedative was banned in the US in 1983, and Cosby said he no longer had any on hand when he befriended Constand 20 years later. "Any discussion of quaaludes would only divert the jury away from its duty of weighing the evidence as to Ms. Constand, the only alleged victim," Cosby's lawyers wrote in the filing. The trial is set to start June 5 in Montgomery County, outside of Philadelphia. Cosby has pleaded not guilty. (Cosby's lawyers want to question as many as 2,000 potential jurors.)

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